Those in line for vaccinations are increasingly younger. Photo by Lydia Chávez, March 7, 2021

The vaccine site at Capp and 24th streets has increased its daily vaccine capacity to 300, and has extended its hours to 4 p.m. from Sunday through Wednesday. 

The hours for its Covid-19 testing across the street at the 24th Street BART station will remain 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both sites are run by Unidos en Salud, a testing, research, and now vaccination collaboration between UCSF and the Latino Task Force. Increasingly, the SF Department of Public Health has participated and is expected to take over the sites at the end of March, but this is not yet final. 

The vaccination site opened on Feb. 1, 2021, administering 120 vaccinations a day. At the time, only healthcare workers and residents 65 and over were eligible, but on Feb. 24, the eligible list expanded to include any San Francisco resident who works in education or childcare, emergency services or food and agriculture. 

Diane Jones, a retired HIV nurse who is also a leader of the Unidos campaign, said Sunday that as the tiers have expanded, they have been vaccinating fewer seniors and more residents who work in other eligible categories. 

Given more vaccines, she said, they could expand beyond the four days a week they now operate. 

Of the 3,233 residents vaccinated at Capp Street since Feb. 1, 1,253 have been 65 and older. But on Sunday, a third of the 300 doses — 102 — went to seniors. That dropped on Monday, when 78 of the 298 doses went to seniors.

The vast majority of those vaccinated since Feb. 1 — 61 percent — have been Latinx.

Vaccinations at Capp Street between Feb 1 and March 7. Source: Unidos en Salud

“There was this perception that, ‘Oh, my gosh, how are we going to get the hard-to-reach communities, communities of color?’ And you know what?” said Valerie Tulier-Laiwa from the Latino Task Force, “Communities of color want the damn vaccine, especially Latinos.”

For anyone resistant, she said, they are finding a lot of power in modeling — one resistant person gets vaccinated and tells his friends, she said. 

In addition to signing up residents for future appointments, Unidos shuttles residents over to ZSFGH for vaccinations. Jones said this is generally happening in the afternoons, when ZSFGH’s clinic slows down. On Monday, 216 residents were referred to ZSFGH and 155 of them got same-day vaccinations.

The seven-day rolling average for ZSFGH is 1,140 doses a day. Drop-in vaccinations at ZSFGH have been expanded to the following zip codes: 94124, 94134, 94110, 94112, 94107, 94102, 94103 and 94130. The clinic only takes drop-ins.

The appointments for Capp Street can be made in person at Capp Street, at the 24th Street BART testing site, and at the Thursday testing site at the Alabama Street Hub. There is no online registration. 

Online registration for the city’s other sites can be found here.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi, Lydia. Thanks for your reporting. Can someone who is eligible due to working in a restaurant in the Mission, but resides in the East Bay, get vaccinated at this site?

  2. Must you be in 65+, or food ag worker Healthcare etc. To go to ZSFGH drop in and live in the designated zips? OR if I am in 94110 and line up no matter my category? I am 62 but live with a high risk individual.

  3. It would be nice if more essential information was given by all parties… that would really help out a lot of people.

    – Can people under 65 get it at this location if they live in the area?
    – How about if they only work in the area?
    – Are there any timelines for distribution?

    This is what is essential to know.

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